Poem "Blended Blood" by Raymond Benoit Muise

I am you and you are me
you may change your name
to hide the truth for centuries
but I am you and you are me

In the shadow of a transparent facade
you wear a mistaken identity as you
seek acceptance in a world you believe
would not want you if they knew
that I am you and you are me

I hear you speak of me
your heritage artfully concealed because of
the shame that I am you and you are me
but it is another's shame you hide in as you deny
I am you and you are me

 
Sometime you speak of me
and almost proclaim that I am you
but the fear of unveiling your duplicity
hinders you from celebrating with your new
child that I am you and you are me

I weep as your children learn to be
what you are not
as you deny them the history of those
who showed the world how to live in peace
and harmony for one hundred and fifty years

Culture lost as you worshipped worldly gods
so what good is confession
to sons and daughters on your death bed
that I am you and you are me

God the chemist blended us together
but life is fruitless if the seed of ancestry withers
from lack of courage to sow in your child
I am you and you are me

 
I am what you feel
I am your soul
I walk with you and sleep with you
I give you passion as I course
through your veins to the next generation
for I am you and you are me

Don't let me die when you die
pass me on to your children and their children
for it is a proud and noble legacy
that I am you and you are me

 
Who am I that laments?
I am your Acadian and Mi'kmaq heritage
the memory of a blended blood
which man can never put asunder
for I am you and you are me - FOR ETERNITY

August 9, 1999